Thursday, August 10, 2006

Guy Kawasaki is on my Top Ten List

Signum sine tinnitu--by Guy KawasakiGuy Kawasaki started his blog on Dec 30, 2005, just in time to make some New Year's Resolutions. One resolution was that he'd lose some weight, hoping to drop from 200 to 180. Coincidentally, I was sitting at 198 at the same time, and did get down to 177 a few months later (where Weight Watchers tells me that I am now "healthy", but still at the high end for my 6' frame). Guy: I'd be happy to write a post about it if you think there would be some general interest...

The desire to lose weight is not all that Guy and I have in common:

  • Guy was born and raised in Hawaii. I've been to Hawaii.

  • Guy majored in Psychology. I've had a number of 1:1 sessions with Psychologists.

  • Guy went to law school, then quickly dropped. I avoided law school.

  • Guy cut his teeth on the Apple II. Me too, as it turns out (I was 15).

  • Guy was an early Mac user. Me too. Bigger UNIX user, though (current Macs).

  • Guy's companies wrote cool software. Me too.

  • Guy plays ice hockey. I play roller hockey.

  • Guy started and runs Garage Technology Ventures. Some day something similar for me...

While he's only been an active blogger for 7.5 months, he has produced some of the most excellent and well written posts that I have seen in my 16 months of reading VC blogs. One thing I have particularly enjoyed about Guy's posts is his penchant for limiting things to the "Top Ten" points. The ability to distill the information down to ten (or so) points really makes the information concise (very hard to do), and I am always impressed by the care and thought he makes in creating these posts.

So, with that, I wanted to see if I could point out the Top Ten Guy Kawasaki Posts for Entrepreneurs (from his first few months of posts), in my opinion. This will be difficult.

  1. The 10/20/30 Rule of PowerPoint

  2. The Top Ten Lies of Venture Capitalists (Entrepreneurs, Engineers, Marketers, Corporate Partners, Guy, CEOs)

  3. Hindsights (Addendum)

  4. The Venture Capitalist Wishlist

  5. How to Get a Standing Ovation (Addendum)

  6. How to Kick Butt On a Panel

  7. The Zen of Business Plans

  8. The Art of Bootstrapping (Execution, Recruiting II, Schmoozing, Partnering, Creating a Community, Raising Angel Capital, Board Meeting, Executive Summary)

  9. Nine Questions to Ask a Startup

  10. After the Honeymoon

There, I almost did it :-)... Too much good stuff.

Guy is clearly a classy and articulate guy... uh, man.

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